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Miller Park’s roof a plus amid October elements

October 1, 2011

MILWAUKEE — After seeing Game 1 at Yankee Stadium suspended on Friday due to rain, the Brewers were grateful on Saturday to have the retractable roof at Miller Park.

While indoor baseball may not be ideal, playing in a climate-controlled 70 degrees is better than having a game delayed, postponed or suspended by rain. With a high of just 55 degrees expected, the roof was closed on Saturday for Game 1 between the Brewers and the D-backs. But the Brewers didn’t seem to mind.

“I heard the comment [Joe] Girardi made, it’s too late to put a roof on,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. “Really, if you’re a player, you’ve got to love being here. This is a great place to play. The weather is cold outside today. Inside, during the ballgame, it’s going to be really pleasant.”

Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 66 degrees in Milwaukee, which is warm enough to merit opening the roof. But by the 4:07 p.m. CT start for Game 2, and certainly by the end of the game, it could be chilly enough to close things up again.

Either way, the Brewers and D-backs know they’ll play the game as scheduled.

That’s been the case all season for both teams, as the Brewers played just three doubleheaders, the D-backs had just one, and all four between the two teams were on the road. The Red Sox and Yankees each played a Major League-high six doubleheaders this season, including two each in September.

“You know, the new domes, the new stadiums, they’ve got some great stadiums out there,” Roenicke said. “But the new domes, being able to open them up when you want to, I think is a huge advantage for what you try to do every day and the consistency you have with your team. And staying away from doubleheaders, because they are really tough on a team.”

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